Why choose Hepta Control Systems?
Hepta Control Systems is an industry leader in building systems integration. Our award-winning projects have helped our partners unlock the full potential of their buildings as we integrate complex systems together into a single control driver seat, resulting in state-of-the-art intelligent buildings. Whether you are planning a new building, retrofitting an existing building or simply looking to reduce your energy costs while improving tenant comfort and safety, Hepta Control Systems can provide the end-to-end service and solutions to make your project a success. With offices in Sarnia, Ontario and Chesterfield, Michigan, Hepta is positioned to offer service to our international portfolio of partners.
As the inaugural winner of the Niagara Innovator of the Year award and a 2014 Digie Award winner, Hepta Control Systems is at the forefront of the booming intelligent building industry. Our 20+ years of experience gives us the knowledge of the best products and practices, and our forward-thinking approach to systems integration has allowed our projects to earn prestigious recognition.
We pride ourselves on building lasting partnerships with our clients, and the professionalism of our full-service installation and commissioning team is one of the biggest factors in those partnerships. When we accept a job, we take on all of the responsibility that goes with it. From the initial design to the completed solution, your project manager’s duty is to get your job done on time, on budget and without obstacles.
From HVAC and lighting to fire safety and security, Hepta Control Systems designs integration program that result in significant, quantifiable energy savings while also maximizing tenant comfort and safety and optimizing the productivity of employees and buildings as a whole. By making it easy to monitor your building’s systems, the focus of your maintenance staff can transition from reactive to proactive measures, prolonging the life expectancy of your equipment and leading to an even quicker return on investment.
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What makes a good building candidate?
Hepta Control Systems has completed systems integration projects in buildings of all shapes, sizes and ages. We’ve worked with owners of single buildings and sprawling portfolios, and have found that our services provide benefits for all properties.
Owners of multiple properties will typically start with the property that consumes the most energy. To determine a building’s annual energy cost, divide the total annual utility cost by the building’s total square footage. For example, a 100,000 square foot office building with a $300,000 utility bill has an annual cost of $3 per square foot. With a quick return on investment, retro-commissioning an inefficient building results in energy savings that can then be applied to other buildings in the portfolio.
In some instances, faulty building systems (HVAC, lighting, compressed air, etc.) lead to the need for retro-commissioning no matter the size or scope of the project. In these cases, Hepta’s services can solve chronic performance problems such as tenant comfort complaints, noise pollution and process interruptions in addition to immediately quantifiable energy savings.
Buildings whose systems are operated continuously like hospitals or production facilities will typically offer better paybacks than buildings that operate on a standard work week schedule. Retro-commissioned properties with mechanical air conditioning systems often provide greater savings potential than those with heating systems only. Older buildings that have gone through multiple renovations or system modifications are generally great candidates for retro-commissioning projects.
What are the benefits of Re-Commissioning?
Buildings are one of the biggest producers of pollution worldwide, and they account for nearly 40% of CO2 emissions in the United States. Reducing emissions and cutting energy costs are becoming more and more important to building owners each day, and retro-commissioning is perhaps the best way to achieve these goals.
Retro-commissioning is a systematic process for identifying building systems that are not operating at optimal efficiency, and implementing solutions to improve performance. This is a unique process which results in increased efficiency and performance, which yields deep, long-lasting energy savings and an extremely competitive return on investment.
While retro-commissioning projects can be completed in nearly any building, there are instances in which existing technologies and building systems have a big impact on the scale of the energy savings and optimization a project can achieve.
Buildings with computerized building automation systems often have the quickest return on investment for retro-commissioning, as potential problems are easier to discover and implementing solutions can take less time. The power of a building automation system can trend performance parameters over time and view the status of multiple data points and devices simultaneously, often from any device with an internet connection.
Older properties with pneumatic and electric controls are often out of calibration or otherwise faulty. Without central monitoring or reporting in place, problems with these systems can benefit greatly from retro-commissioning and integration projects that allow for single driver seat control and monitoring. By integrating these systems into an intelligent building program, maintenance work becomes preventative rather than reactive, as problems are reported instantly and automatically.
Even new or recently renovated buildings can see significant benefits from retro-commissioning, as most design or construction projects do not necessarily proceed with all of a building’s systems in mind.
Hepta Control Systems’ retro-commissioning projects provide extensive benefits to buildings, building owners, and building tenants. A single project can create a more sustainable building while providing significant energy savings, optimizing performance and improving the tenant experience.
Do I need to improve my system?
The first step in determining if building systems are in need of an update is to perform an energy audit. Hepta Control Systems will conduct a study of your energy use and benchmark the results with buildings or facilities similar to yours. As part of this process, Hepta engineers search your building in search of proven energy-saving techniques that may be available. After the audit is complete, Hepta compiles a report that identifies where energy use can be cut, and the cost savings associated with implementing our suggestions. This report includes, but is not limited to:
- Energy Savings Recommendations
- Expected payoff for each recommendation
- from the easiest/least expensive to the most difficult/most expensive
- which systems or areas are consuming the most energy
- savings available by upgrading systems
- savings available by integrating systems
- Determining if any grants or rebates may apply to the site
How can I reduce my energy costs?
Integration and retro-commissioning projects from Hepta Control Systems achieve energy optimization, which includes both conservation and efficiency while maximizing productivity. No longer are building owners forced to choose between savings and comfort or sustainability and production.
Energy optimization requires a total-facility approach for the greatest impact. The first step on the path to optimization is an energy audit from Hepta Control Systems. This audit will provide detailed recommendations about where your building has the greatest opportunity for improvement.
During the retro-commissioning project, Hepta implements the latest technology in interactive building control systems. We can show a building’s energy savings in real-time through integrated monitoring, allowing property owners to continually track the progress of their return on investment.
Hepta Control Systems works with project partners to develop a project that works to achieve the goals of building owners. We can implement state-of-the-art window shades that maximize natural lighting and react to changing weather conditions automatically. We can upgrade a building’s security and access control system and improve fire safety monitoring. We can even integrate elevator systems into the single driver seat control, allowing priority service to specific floors or tenants.
Today’s facilities are equipped with a wide range of diverse systems designed to control HVAC, energy management, lighting, and security. Integration and interoperability between all of these systems is critical to improving operations, lowering costs, and achieving the security and comfort demanded in today’s dynamic business environments. The challenge is to get these diverse systems that communicate using many different protocols to connect and converse with each other so you can derive actionable intelligence from the information they contain.
We address this challenge on a daily basis and consistently provide successful and seamless integration solutions.